Philadelphia detectives are looking for a 16-year-old who is expected to face murder charges following last week’s fatal shooting outside Roxborough High School, authorities said Tuesday.
Deputy Commissioner Frank Vanore said police believe Dayron Burney-Thorne was involved in the crime, which left a 14-year-old boy dead and four others injured. Still, Vanore declined to elaborate on whether detectives believe Burney-Thorne was one of five shooters who jumped out of an SUV and began shooting in the ambush-style attack, or whether the teenager might have served as a getaway driver.
“He was there and participated,” Vanore said.
A warrant had already been approved for Burney-Thorne’s arrest for larceny and obstruction of justice for his connection to the stolen Ford Explorer that was used in the crime, Vanore said. Police said the teenager was also to be charged as an adult with charges including murder, attempted murder and weapons offences.
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Police had not publicly identified any other suspects in the crime as of Tuesday afternoon, but after naming Burney-Thorne as a suspect, Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said on Twitter“To those responsible: we know who you are, we will find you, and we will take you into custody.”
Authorities said last Tuesday’s shooting happened minutes after a football scrimmage at Roxborough High. Five gunmen, who had been waiting for several minutes in the SUV parked near the soccer field, jumped out of the gray vehicle and fired more than 60 rounds at a group of teenagers heading for the locker room, police said.
Nicolas Elizalde, 14, of Havertown, Delaware County, was fatally shot in the chest, police said. Four other teenagers, aged 14 to 17, were also beaten and police released surveillance video showing one of the assailants pursuing a 17-year-old victim and firing until he ran out of bullets .
The shooters then jumped into the SUV and drove off. Police said they believe a sixth person may have been behind the wheel and serving as the getaway driver. The car – which was stolen and had a Delaware paper tag as its license plate – was found in a Southwest Philadelphia parking lot the following day.
Police said they believe the shooters targeted at least one of the victims, but did not specify a potential motive.